Reggae star and Birmingham music legend Apache Indian is recognised internationally for his fusion of bhangra, reggae and pop.
The 53-year-old singer from Handsworth gained prominence in the 1990s with a string of hits including Boom Shack-A-Lak, Chok There and Don Raja.
Born Steven Kapur, the music artist gained a huge following in the UK, Canada and the USA, especially amongst music fans of South Asian heritage. In India, his tours regularly sold-out as crowds there received him with superstar status. Over the last 30 years, he has sold more than 11 million albums, had several top 10 singles globally and has toured the world eight times. Apache has collaborated with the likes of Sean Paul, Boy George, A. R. Rahman, Maxi Priest, Shaggy and Malkit Singh.
Apache Indian continues to make music while teaching recording and performing skills to a new generation. In 2013, , he founded AIM Academy (Apache Indian Music Academy) at South and City College in Birmingham, to pass onto young people the opportunity he had when he first started out. The project aims to help students aged 16-19 realise their dreams to become musicians, writers, DJs, producers and singers.
In 2021, Apache Indian was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours, in recognition for his services to young people and music.
She then moved onto work at The Coventry Telegraph as a general news reporter in 2008, but after nine months returned to her home city to work for the Birmingham Mail. She has secured a number of exclusives across three titles and worked on the investigations team before moving to the digital side of the business. Christina also researched and wrote a book called Queens Of Amathus and also presented the documentary.
Since the organisations inception in 2004, the company has impacted the lives of over 3000 young people in the Midlands.
In addition, Tru is the Founder & Managing Director for The Alternative Events & Wedding Company, an event management company that specialises in coordinating high quality corporate, youth events and weddings.
Tru is also a Business Partner in the UK’s first children’s pamper salon Kandy Girl offering pampering experiences for young kids aged 3-16 and is also a visiting lecturer for University College Birmingham.
Tru is a NED for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), TAG Network and a Trustee for Creative Academies and more recently a board member for The West Midlands Tourism Board.
Over the years Tru has been awarded with numerous accolades for enterprise and his contribution to the arts. In 2014 he was recognised as one of Birmingham’s most inspirational young leaders and in 2018 was crowned Birmingham’s Young Professional of the Year – Marketing and Communications. In 2018 Tru also won a Great British Entrepreneur Award from Natwest and the Phoenix Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was also crowned Birmingham’s Future Face of Entrepreneurship.
Shaleen is a registered nutritionist and has worked in Public Health for nearly two decades. This includes setting up community nutrition initiatives and writing national guidance. Shaleen co-founded Harborne Food School in 2014 to support the public and organizations to develop culinary skills. She is currently the nutrition theme, cross-cutting manager for a Horizon 2020 funded project focused on meeting the challenges of providing European citizens with affordable, safe and nutritious food and of creating healthier and more sustainable City Region Food Systems.
Shaleen joined the Food Foundation as Special Adviser on City Food Policy. She works on the Food Foundation’s Global Food Systems project funded by FCDO. This is the successor project to the Nutrition Smart City initiative, BINDI (Birmingham India Nutrition Initiative) which involved a learning partnership between Birmingham, UK and Pune, India. The work will focus on expanding the BINDI partnership to include cities from across the Commonwealth and beyond. Participating countries include India, Bangladesh, Botswana, Jamaica, Malawi, South Africa and Uganda.
As manager of Birmingham’s very own British Soul music pioneer Jaki Graham, Natalie has toured and learnt from some of the most influential and key players within music, from those behind the scenes at management and Executive levels to Pop, Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop and Motown icons of the past and present.
Natalie’s experience and network has developed from her years within business, which has allowed her to also consult and facilitate for a number of additional industries outside of music including sport, property and chocolate!
She has worked with film productions that includes Steve Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’, The Kingsman The Golden Circle, Line of Duty, BBC Doctors – to name a few.
She is passionate about the growth & sustainability of the industry and wants to see the workforce both in-front and behind the camera be a reflection of our diverse community. She’s a film producer and sits of the boards of Royal Television Society Midlands, Fierce and Project Aspie.
Starting as a reporter and producer at ITV Central News and BBC Midlands Today, Marverine moved to London to present news & current affairs programmes for Emmy-award winning channel Arise News, 5 News and Sky News. She is also a content creator, producing podcasts and digital news. Now, as an academic, Marverine is the Director of Birmingham City University’s four BA (Hons) Journalism courses.
Jackie’s key areas in Coaching & Mentoring are: Business, Career & Personal Development and she will work with you on a range of areas that include; limiting beliefs, procrastination, change management, confidence/self belief issues, business growth and career opportunities.
With a calm and measured approach Jackie does all possible to bring out the best in her clients to ensure that they make improvements, break bad habits and tackle any challenges that are blocking a client from moving forward.
Jackie prides herself on her results for her clients and holds them all accountable for their actions.
In 2018 launched his flagship restaurant Opheem that became the first ever Indian restaurant outside London to achieve a michelin star, he recently launched Pulperia in Brindley place; a restaurant dedicated to beef.
Aktar is dedicated to investing in Birmingham and promises to continue with new restaurant projects in the new future creating opportunities for young Brummies.